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Archive for January 17th, 2010

An ebay gremlin with a new trick – lists fakes as used!

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gremlin2sSeller superday09 has found a new way of avoiding ebay members thinking about the suspiciously low start price of fake flash auctions – listing the fakes as used!!

This trick has been successfully used by a fraudster in the UK for some time – now this seller in China has had this idea too.

The use of private auctions will help cover this fraudster’s tracks and make it difficult to warn victims as there is no way of knowing what customers bought. As well as USB flash drives superday09 has listed memory cards for sale on ebay. Any flash memory from this seller will undoubtedly corrupt users’ files.

We advise everyone who buys flash memory items to test them with the free program h2testw irrespective of where they were purchased – otherwise you run the risk of data loss and corruption.

Report your fake if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

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Written by fightflashfraud

January 17, 2010 at 6:31 PM

Are this UK ebayer’s USB flash drives genuine or counterfeit?

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UK ebay member jonathan2153 has sold a few Sandisk and Kingston flash drives at auction. They fetched rather low prices and we doubt if the seller made anything on the sales if they are genuine.

We are therefore surprised to see that this seller is still offering them in auctions with low start prices. It makes us wonder if they could be counterfeits purchased from a fraudulent supplier. If the flash drives are counterfeit they will corrupt files.

We advise everyone who buys flash memory items to test them with the free program h2testw irrespective of where they were purchased – otherwise you run the risk of data loss and corruption.

Report your fake if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

January 17, 2010 at 5:20 PM

Another UK ebay member who shopped in fakeflashland

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Seller kent-appliances obviously went shopping in fake flash land.

The 128GB Kingston DT200 flash drives sold by this ebay member (see listing above) were counterfeit and fake capacity rather than (as the seller assumed) faulty.

If kent-appliances bought the 16GB Sony pro-duo memory cards shown on the left from the same supplier they will also be counterfeit, fake capacity items which corrupt files.

We advise everyone who buys flash memory items to test them with the free program h2testw irrespective of where they were purchased – otherwise you run the risk of data loss and corruption.

Report your fake if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay. Many thanks to the ebay member who drew this seller’s listings to our attention!

If you notice dodgy listings on ebay for flash memory and the seller is not mentioned here let us know by leaving a comment on the report suspect sellers page.

If 2GB Optima USB flash drives are genuine they are very cheap

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If the 2GB USB flash drives sold on ebay by mattyboycl50 are genuine then they are remarkably cheap and we can’t see how the seller could possibly make any profit on the sales.

We advise everyone who buys flash memory items to test them with the free program h2testw irrespective of where they were purchased – otherwise you run the risk of data loss and corruption.

Report your fake if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

January 17, 2010 at 12:35 PM

32GB Kingston DataTraveler flash drives seem a bit too cheap

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These 32GB Kingston DataTraveler flash drives listed on ebay UK by pat.graham seem a bit on the cheap side which makes us wonder if this seller bought from a fraudulent supplier. Anyone planning to sell high capacity (32GB, 64GB, 128GB or 256GB) Kingston flash drives should check with Kingston to ensure the supplier is authorised and the drives are genuine. Otherwise they are likely to find themselves selling counterfeit and fake capacity items that will corrupt files.

We advise everyone who buys flash memory items to test them with the free program h2testw irrespective of where they were purchased – otherwise you run the risk of data loss and corruption.

Report your fake if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

This 256GB Kingston USB flash drive on ebay is a fake

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The flash drive pictured in this ebay listing by seller estorestock is not a genuine 265GB Kingston flash drive. It is counterfeit and fake capacity, as seller estorestock would have known had he or she looked at the Kingston website. Kingston only produce one model of flash drive in 256GB capacity and it looks nothing like this. This ebayer refused to beleive an ebay member who warned it was a fake. The seller doesn’t need to take the member’s word for it – just check with Kingston! Fakes like this corrupt files after a while.

UPDATE 18/01/10:
Seller estorestock also sold the obvious fake 128GB USB flash drive shown on the left – if you see flash drives like this on ebay (the classic fake leather and steel type) whether or not they are in this packaging then they will be fake.

ANY flash drive (whatever it looks like and whatever the advertised capacity) that you see in this type of packaging will also be fake!

We advise everyone who buys flash memory items to test them with the free program h2testw irrespective of where they were purchased – otherwise you run the risk of data loss and corruption.

Report your fake if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

Another ebay gremlin in China lists fake flash drives for sale

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gremlin2sSeller ti2609 is yet another ebay gremlin from China selling fake flash memory. This 64GB USB flash drive is very familiar to the fightflashfraud team.

Its true capacity is nowhere near 64GB with the result that users end up with corrupted files. The ID ti2609 no doubt belongs to one of the familiar fraud rings in China.

We advise everyone who buys flash memory items to test them with the free program h2testw irrespective of where they were purchased – otherwise you run the risk of data loss and corruption.

Report your fake if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

January 17, 2010 at 5:16 AM